Watch TV Shows on Lifetime

Over the course of its history, Lifetime has been traded around among a circle of corporate media-giant parents, but the cable channel's programming focus has stayed mostly consistent throughout. Originating in 1984 as a merger between the women-oriented Daytime and Cable Health networks, Lifetime was intended from the beginning to target female audiences. Although that goal is less explicit now, the channel's programming philosophy remains essentially the same.

In the mid-1980s, Lifetime attempted to capitalize on the talk show boom, airing talk and interviews shows hosted by Regis Philbin and sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. The channel also aired reruns of network comedy and drama series that had established female audiences.

Through the 90s, Lifetime left doubt about its target demographic, as the channel adopted the tag line "Television for Women." That branding continued until 2006, when the network dropped the tag line and worked to broaden its audience to include more men and young people.

Lifetime is now a subsidiary of A&E, and like A&E's other cable channels, Lifetime has incorporated reality shows such as "Dance Moms" into its schedule. The channel also still airs syndicated reruns and original dramatic series like "Devious Maids" and "Witches of East End." Lifetime original movies, famous for their women's-issues-related themes and melodrama, also continue to be a staple of the schedule.

    Dance Moms

    Dance Moms

    Little Women: Atlanta

    Little Women: Atlanta

    YOU

    YOU

    Project Runway

    Project Runway

    The Client List

    The Client List

    The Rap Game

    The Rap Game

    Army Wives

    Army Wives

    Little Women: LA

    Little Women: LA

    Devious Maids

    Devious Maids

    Bring It!

    Bring It!

    Drop Dead Diva

    Drop Dead Diva

    Child Genius

    Child Genius

    Unsolved Mysteries

    Unsolved Mysteries

    America's Supernanny

    America's Supernanny

    The Red Tent

    The Red Tent

    Project Runway All Stars

    Project Runway All Stars

    Witches of East End

    Witches of East End

    Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies

    Nora Roberts' Lifetime Movies

    Deadly Wives

    Deadly Wives

    Preachers' Daughters

    Preachers' Daughters

    The Protector

    The Protector

    Project Runway Junior

    Project Runway Junior

    Kim of Queens

    Kim of Queens

    UnREAL

    UnREAL

    Starving in Suburbia

    Starving in Suburbia

    Little Women: Dallas

    Little Women: Dallas

    Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After

    Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After

    Killer Kids

    Killer Kids

    Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition

    Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition

    How To Look Good Naked

    How To Look Good Naked

    Hopelessly in Love

    Hopelessly in Love

    Fit to Fat to Fit

    Fit to Fat to Fit

    The Pop Game

    The Pop Game

    The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

    The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

    Born in the Wild

    Born in the Wild

    Jodi Picoult's Lifetime Movies

    Jodi Picoult's Lifetime Movies

    The Brittany Murphy Story

    The Brittany Murphy Story

    Little Women: NY

    Little Women: NY

    A Day Late and a Dollar Short

    A Day Late and a Dollar Short

    The Unauthorized Story of Saved By The Bell

    The Unauthorized Story of Saved By The Bell

    Mom's Cooking

    Mom's Cooking

    Million Dollar Shoppers

    Million Dollar Shoppers

    Expecting Amish

    Expecting Amish

    So Sharp

    So Sharp

    The Capture of the Green River Killer

    The Capture of the Green River Killer

    Dance Moms: Miami

    Dance Moms: Miami

    Cheerleader Nation

    Cheerleader Nation

    Flowers in the Attic

    Flowers in the Attic

    Project Runway: Threads

    Project Runway: Threads

    Kosher Soul

    Kosher Soul

    Coming Home

    Coming Home

    Pretty Wicked Moms

    Pretty Wicked Moms

    Blood Ties

    Blood Ties

    Secrets of Eden

    Secrets of Eden

    The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns

    The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns

    Under the Gunn

    Under the Gunn

    Supermarket Superstar

    Supermarket Superstar

    Double Divas

    Double Divas

    Gay, Straight or Taken?

    Gay, Straight or Taken?

    Atlanta Plastic

    Atlanta Plastic

    Kristin's Christmas Past

    Kristin's Christmas Past

    The Gabby Douglas Story

    The Gabby Douglas Story

    Growing Up Supermodel

    Growing Up Supermodel

    American Beauty Star

    American Beauty Star

    Four of a Kind

    Four of a Kind

    Living With the Enemy

    Living With the Enemy

    Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp

    Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp

    Lovespring International

    Lovespring International

    Russian Dolls

    Russian Dolls

    Petals On the Wind

    Petals On the Wind

    My Nanny's Secret

    My Nanny's Secret

    Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart

    Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart

    Prison Wives Club

    Prison Wives Club

    Raising Asia

    Raising Asia

    The Jacksons: Next Generation

    The Jacksons: Next Generation

    One Born Every Minute

    One Born Every Minute

    True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

    True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

    Roseanne's Nuts

    Roseanne's Nuts

    Sea Change

    Sea Change

    Little Women: Terra's Little Family

    Little Women: Terra's Little Family

    Taken Back: Finding Haley

    Taken Back: Finding Haley

    Tiny House Nation: Family Edition

    Tiny House Nation: Family Edition

    Glam Masters

    Glam Masters

    Escape from Polygamy

    Escape from Polygamy

    Dear Mom, Love Cher

    Dear Mom, Love Cher

    Stalkers

    Stalkers

    The Way Home

    The Way Home

    Step It Up

    Step It Up

    Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol

    Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol

    Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story

    Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story

    Project Runway: Fashion Startup

    Project Runway: Fashion Startup

    A Country Christmas Story

    A Country Christmas Story

    Ms. T's Music Factory

    Ms. T's Music Factory

    Vivica's Black Magic

    Vivica's Black Magic

    Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold

    Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold

    The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story

    The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story

    Lifetime True Crimes Collection

    Lifetime True Crimes Collection

    Prank My Mom

    Prank My Mom

    Bringing Up Ballers

    Bringing Up Ballers

    Preach

    Preach